The gift of knowledge |

The gift of knowledge

On the last day of school at Grizzly Hill School, author Alicia Funk donated more than 100 copies of her book, “Living Wild,” which she co-authored with Karin Kaufman.

The eco-friendly book and its companion website,, showcases gardening, cooking and medicinal uses for native plants throughout the Sierra Nevada and California.

Over the years, Funk has volunteered at Grizzly Hill School, teaching students about native plant species, plant identification and Native American uses of plants.

Teachers at the K-8 school plan to incorporate “Living Wild” into their lessons.

Along with her gift of books, Funk included a message to students and their families: “You live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, surrounded by abundant sources of food and health, right in your backyard and on your school campus. My hope is that you will fully enjoy the beauty around you and share with me your recipes and ideas at, so together we can work together to create independent food and medicine.”